Which of us couldn’t improve in our love walk?
Today I’m joining in with First Wild Card Tour to share about one of the latest books I read.
***Special thanks to Rick Roberson, The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***
Love is a topic Christians hear tossed about frequently. And quite often I Corinthians 13 is used as the basis of talks about loving others in the Biblical sense. Yet I don’t recall that familiar passage of scripture being used in William P. Smith’s Loving Well. Although that verse wasn’t used, Smith uses plenty of scriptures throughout the book and I Peter 1:18 serves as the building block to break us free from our empty-way of life toward building a foundation of love.
Smith reminds us that not only does Jesus serves as our model for authentic love but it is him, who empowers us to fulfill our mission to love. For me, the author provides a fresh perspective on love. Divided into three parts, the book delves into 15 types/characteristics of love such as forgiving, partnering, serving, welcoming, peaceful and hospital love. At times I found the book difficult to read not because it was not well written and biblical sound. Instead it was because I saw myself within the pages of this book. Challenged and convicted by how many times I have fallen short of loving well, I still walked away from the book with new insights and armed with practical ways to love better. By far this was one of the best books I have read on love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
William P. Smith, M.Div., Ph.D., is the director of counseling at Chelten Baptist Church, Dresher, Pa., the author of the book Caught Off Guard: Encounters with the Unexpected God; and the minibooks How Do I Stop Losing It with My Children?; How to Love Difficult People?; Should We Get Married?; Starting Over; When Bad Things Happen; and Who Should I Date?. Bill is regularly invited to speak at other churches and lead weekend retreats. He and his wife, Sally, are the parents of three very active children.
Visit the author’s website.
Distance. Resentment. Avoidance. You want to love your family, your neighbors, and your coworkers well. But something goes wrong when you reach out to them, and you find yourself tearing down the relationships you wanted to build. Are you doomed to repeat this cycle forever?
For most of us, certain unhealthy reactions feel natural and even inevitable. Unconsciously, we cling to what 1 Peter 1:18 calls the “empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers.”
But you are not doomed to repeat this cycle, according to William P. Smith, since Jesus came to redeem his people from such things. The destructive relationship patterns you learned before you met Christ no longer need to control how you live and interact with others. Instead, you can exchange the empty ways for new ones that promote deep unity and peacefulness—patterns that create satisfying and God-honoring relationships. A rich, practical relationship with Jesus enables you to develop rich, practical relationships with others in spite of your brokenness and theirs. Through Christ, you no longer have to do what you have always done. In short, you can learn to love well.
List Price: $15.99
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: New Growth Press (February 1, 2012)
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AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy by The B&B Media Group as part of the First Wild Card Blog Tour.